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    Mortlake South Wind Farm

    The Mortlake South Wind Farm is located 5 kilometres south of Mortlake in the Moyne Shire in South West Victoria. The wind farm is currently being constructed on cleared, open and level predominantly dairy farming country. The location is highly exposed to consistent winds making the site ideal for a wind farm.

    General Information

    Location: Approximately 5km south of the Mortlake township, within the Moyne Shire

    Project Configuration: 35 turbines

    Maximum Tip height: 186 metres

    Anticipated construction completion: October 2020

     

    ACCIONA is committed to engaging with the local community surrounding the Mortlake South Wind Farm project. We acknowledge the importance and value of feedback (including enquiries and complaints). You can contact us via:

    Free call community hotline: 1800 283 550

    Email: mortlake@acciona.com

    By post: PO Box 24110, Melbourne VIC 3001

    In person: 95 Dunlop Street, Mortlake 3272 – Thursday and Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm or by appointment.

    A copy of the Mortlake South Wind Farm Complaints and Response Plan can be found here.  

    For a copy of the latest newsletter, please click here.

    For a copy of the latest fact sheet, please click here.

    For a copy of the latest Community Information Session Presentation, click here.

     

    Underground Transmission Line

    ACCIONA has announced it is going to build an underground transmission line for the Mortlake South Wind Farm. After extensive consultation with the local community regarding the transmission line and after examining various options, including connecting into the existing overhead lines, we have found underground to be the most appropriate solution. If you would like to know more, click here.

    ACCIONA has submitted a planning permit application to the Minister for Planning to enable the use and development of the underground transmission line. Application documents can be downloaded via the following links:

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    CONSTRUCTION

    The Mortlake South Wind Farm began construction on phase two works on 8 March 2019.

    We regularly publish construction updates in the local newspapers. Copies of construction updates can be found here:

    Latest Construction Update

    Map of approved quarry routes 

     

    ACCOMMODATION

    We appreciate the interest from the local community regarding accommodation available for workers involved in the Mortlake South Wind Farm. At the moment we are not actively seeking any more rentals but invite you to send your details to Mortlake@acciona.com  and we will contact you should the circumstances change.

     

    EMPLOYMENT

    ACCIONA has engaged John Beever Australia to complete the civil works package for the project including all roads and hardstands. If you are interested in work opportunities on the civil works phase, these are advertised here: http://connectjobs.com.au/job-board/

    Please contact Connect Jobs directly for more information.

    Phone: 03 9938 3824

    Email: info@connectjobs.com.au

    If you are seeking longer term work opportunities with ACCIONA, you can submit an Expression of Interest for the Mortlake South Wind Farm here.

    For more information about other work packages and indicative construction time frames you can click here.

    To see ACCIONA's suppliers presentation click here.

     

    If you are interested in acquiring energy from the Mortlake South wind farm, please find more information on corporate PPA's here. 

     

    Key Features

    Planning approval was originally granted by the State Government in 2010. In April 2017, the Minister for Planning approved an amendment to the planning permit to allow for the use of contemporary wind turbine technology.

    In 2018, the Mortlake South Wind Farm was successful in the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) reverse auction. VRET is the Victorian Government’s legislated target aiming for 25% of electricity generation from renewable sources by 2020 and 40% by 2025. 

     

    Current Permit and Management Plan Information

    A link to the Planning Permit is available to view here.

    Copies of the relevant project management plans can be accessed via the links below;

     

    Environmental Management

    As a long term owner and asset manager of wind farms, ACCIONA is committed to managing environmental impacts on the nearby community. This will include monitoring impacts on native wildlife and also ensuring noise emissions from the wind farm comply with New Zealand Standard NZS6808:2010 – Acoustics – Wind farm noise.

    For further information please see the following information sheets:

    Environmental Management

    Noise Compliance

     

    Benefits

    The approximately $280m project will generate significant economic activity in the Moyne Shire and surrounds.

    • The project  provides substantial additional economic focus in the Moyne Shire, independent of, but complimentary to ongoing dairying, grazing, cropping, tourism and associated service activities of the shire.
    • Generate 80-100 construction jobs
    • Provide 10 ongoing jobs in the operations and maintenance team
    • Provide a diversified income for host landowners.
    • Provide a substantial increase in Moyne shire’s rates base.
    • Result in the establishment of a Shared Benefits Program to strategically deliver added value to the local region over the life cycle of the project.
    • Clean energy equivalent to the consumption of around 115,000 homes annually.

     

    Shared Benefits Program

    ACCIONA is committed to improving the social and economic platform of the region and sharing the benefits of the project as widely and equitably as possible to deliver fair outcomes. 

    The Mortlake South Wind Farm Shared Benefits Program will comprise several components:

    1. Neighbourhood Benefit Program
    2. Small Grants / Sponsorship Program
    3. Education / Scholarship Program
    • Neighbourhood Benefit Program: 

      The Neighbourhood Benefits Program is a proximity payment available to people who live (own or rent) in a dwelling that is located within 4kms of a wind turbine generator.
      The payments offered to eligible residents are made via pre-loaded EFTPOS cards, known as Neighbourhood Benefits Cards. The cards can be used to purchase goods and services at participating businesses, within Mortlake, Noorat and Terang.  Up to $180,000 is available for this program annually. The recipient must have been living in the dwelling on or before the 8 March 2019, which is when phase two construction commenced.

      To download the program documentation, please click here.

      We have had a positive response from local businesses so far, with about 40 businesses agreeing to receive the cards through their existing EFTPOS machines . If you are a business who would like to participate, please get in contact with us.
    • Small Grants / Sponsorship Program: As part of our commitment to supporting local communities, ACCIONA invites local community groups and not for profits to apply for a small sponsorship grant to support their project. Applications are usually open in March each year and are advertised through local communications channels such as the newspaper and newsletters. 
    • Education / Scholarship Program – Once the wind farm goes into the operational phase of the project an Education / Scholarship Program will be launched.  Further details will become available closer to this stage of the project (anticipated 2021).

     

    Off Site Landscaping Program

    Owners of residential dwellings within 4 kilometres of a Mortlake South Wind Farm wind turbine generator can apply for landscaping to help reduce the visual impact of the wind farm. The Off-Site Landscaping Program is a requirement of our Planning Permit.

    If you own a dwelling within 4kms of the wind farm and are assessed as eligible, please submit an expression of interest to receive a visual screening assessment from a qualified landscape architect who can design a plan to suit your needs and preferences. ACCIONA will arrange this meeting and cover all costs involved for the plan, tree planting and maintenance for 3 years.Click here for the Expression of Interest Form.

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